Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:49am 19/08/22 | 0 Comments
Key team members of the Hand of Fate development arm of now defunct Brisbane-based Defiant Development have formed Spitfire Interactive, revealing the new studio's debut title, Capes -- a "gritty superhero turn-based strategy RPG".
Honestly, everything written above and shared by the new studio is all we really needed to hear, as Defiant was occupied by too many talented people not to defiantly rise from its own ashes and emerge triumphantly making games again. With Capes being the culmination of a group of people going back "to the roots of why they started making games in the first place".
Here's the official spiel on Capes:
Return to the Golden Age where heroes saved the day for fame and glory and villains concocted schemes in glorified games of cops and robbers… until it wasn’t fun any more. One dark day, the villains truly won, brutally wiping humanity’s protectors off the face of the planet. After nearly two decades of villains running the world and instilling a fear of superpowers, a new generation of heroes are ready to stop the filth of crime from spreading or die trying.
Take centre stage in turn-based tactical battles, rescuing reluctant citizens trapped by dangerous debris, each in different situations best handled by specific units. Traverse the battlefield on foot or via teleportation to draw the attention of goons and create openings for teammates. Upgrade efficiencies and stats after each mission, before readying for the next bout.
Combine superpowers to create iconic strategies worthy of their own comic book panel, like slinging a spiky-crystal-covered powerhouse head-first into a villain’s chest. Character diversity is at the forefront of Capes throughout its modern take on classic comic tropes. Not just in powers, but in the heroes themselves to showcase a variety of ethnicities, genders, hopes, and dreams. The future is in the hands of the nascent youth as they work together to fight against the overwhelming odds of the generation before them.
"I started my career writing on Freedom Force alongside Ken Levine, so this feels like a return to where my journey began," said Morgan Jaffit, Director of Spitfire Interactive. “My team and I want to explore the ‘darker side of every coin’ and we have the best people possible to do it.”
Capes is slated to hit Steam in Q1 of 2023. Stay tuned for more on this and the creation of Spitfire Interactive right here on AusGamers.